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Hi I'm Jim

I was raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. My formal education is in accounting. I love music and singing. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am large in stature at 6'3", the father of five, and grandfather of ten, including tripletts. My grandchildren fondly call me "Papa Bear". Though my hair is showing a bit of gray and thinning, I still feel young. My dear wife and I have been married going on 38 years. We are converts to the Church. Our treasure is in the gospel of Jesus Christ and in our family. I cherish being with my children and grandchildren, I also enjoy singing, watching musicals, and listening to uplifting music. I find pleasure in pine and evergreen trees and in forested hills. My formal education is in accounting and business administration and my career began with five years in public accounting. The next twenty years were spent in financial roles in private industry. I currently work for a global organization managing a large heavy industrial electro-mechanical repair facility in Phoenix, Arizona. My wife and hope to one day serve a mission for the Chuch. If life ever slows down a bit, I look forward to the day when I can spend time gardening, woodworking, reading good books, fishing, and playing a round of golf every now and again.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by goodly parents in a family that attended weekly protestant church services. I considered myself a Christian, though I found it easy to disregard the commandments. For a few years following high school I didn't have much to do with any church. I did however ponder my beliefs from time to time and I would occasionally read from the Bible. I recall struggling to understand who Jesus truly was. I could not comprehend the Trinity I had been taught and how Jesus and God the Father could be the same being. It made no sense to me how or why Jesus would pray to himself. At the age of 26, with some hesitation, I allowed two young missionaries with broad smiles into our home. These young men introduced us to the Book of Mormon and told us about how it came about. I was initially quite skeptical and read only with the intent of showing them the error of their way. After a few weeks of reading from its pages, I knew its words came from and through God, not from any man. I received a witness of its truthfulness through the power of the Holy Ghost. I knew then as I know it today, and I cannot deny it. I rejoiced in the knowledge and understanding that God, the Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three divine and distinct personages constituting a single Godhead, united in purpose, in manner, in mission, and that Jesus Christ, while here on this earth, was indeed praying to His Father in Heaven. I now know that the confusing Trinitarian notion of these three being combined into one incomprehisible substance is not true and is found nowhere in holy scripture (Bible or Book of Mormon). The Book of Mormon is an ancient record which provides another withess of Jesus Christ. I know it is the Word of God. Each time I read from its pages I receive a witness from the Holy Spirit of the truthfulness of its message. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know it is His Church.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ is the head of His Church, which he leads directs in these latter days through living prophets and apostles. I know he brought forth the Book of Mormon and restored His Church upon the earth in these latter-days through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I strive to live my faith by emulating Jesus Christ and by following in His teachings and the teachings of his Apostles. I strive to treat others kindly and to be considerate of their needs and wants. Knowing that we are all spiritual offspring of a loving Heavenly Father helps me want to treat everyone kindly. I have had the opportunity to serve in many different capacities within in the Church. I currently serve as a teacher and as an assistant scoutmaster to a few young men ages eleven through thirteen. Some of my greatest opportunities for service to others occured during the eight yeas I served as a Bishop of a growing ward in Arizona. During that time I was priviledged to provide shelter, food and clothing to the poor and needy, visit and administer to the sick, comfort those , help individuals repent of serious sin, help mend troubled marriages, teach gospel principles that allow. I strive to communicate regulary with my Heavenly Father daily through prayer and through the pondering of the scriptures. This brings me comfort and peace of mind and answers to my prayers that give me direction. With humble heart I partake of the Sacrament bread and water weekly as I renew my baptismal covenants and remember my Savior and what he has done for me.